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      30.01.2014 10:48

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      I bought this as it's low fat and my husband has to keep to a low fat diet at the moment. Never again, the sauce was almost tasteless and had a nasty "gloopy" consistency and fell far short of their usual standard.

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      03.11.2013 15:15
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      Lovely desserts but not quite perfection, which I was hoping for.

      I recently got the opportunity to try the relaunched range of Tesco Finest Dairy products as part of a BzzAgent campaign, and part of that involved trying lots of the desserts and yogurts in the range, a real painstaking task.

      The yogurts are now branded as "West Country yoghurt with Channel Island whipping cream". The flavours I tried were "Champagne Rhubarb" and "Heritage Raspberry & Belgian White Chocolate".

      The first thing I immediately noticed about the yogurt is most definitely their premium, luxurious status. They were amazingly thick and creamy, almost on their way to being mousse! Every mouthful was packed with the feeling of indulgence and eating something really, really bad for you!

      Those two flavours were (respectively) 205 and 240kcal, 10.5g (7.2g) and 12.5g (8.6g) of fat (saturates) and 19.7 and 24.2g sugars. Salt content is 0.2 and 0.1g. Both flavours state that they are suitable for vegetarians, although only the Rhubarb flavour displayed the green "V" symbol, which is a bit odd.

      In terms of the flavours, again, plenty of flavour is packed in to these yoghurts - but there was also a downside which was common to both. With the first one, it was a hefty rhubarb kick but the champagne element was totally non-evident, and with the other it was deliciously rich raspberry flavoured but I couldn't detect any white chocolate.

      One other comment I really wanted to make was that the shape of the pots is really well thought out. Instead of being round like many others, these are oval shaped and sit really comfortably in the hand whilst you indulge.

      When I bought the yogurts I bought them as part of a "5 desserts for £3.50" promotion, and at that price they offer decent value for a luxury treat, but to be honest I would be hard-pushed to pay the full 75p price tag in my weekly shop.

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        07.10.2013 12:19
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        I am writing to convey my dissatisfaction of this product purchased not 24 hr earlier.

        With the knowledge that my dear old mother was to visit my home for some Sunday Dinner, I decided that such a joyous occasion would merit a special meal using only food of the highest calibre. No scrimping on cost, only the best for a lady of 92 years who still has all her own teeth.

        After much consultation with the rest of the family and browsing your on line shop, the dish was agreed. I subsequently completed my order via the web and awaited delivery.

        The following morning the delivery arrived ahead of schedule, at this point I would have complimented you on such a speedy delivery service, however what followed next reminded me that I should have recognised the warning signs earlier.

        When I remarked on the speed of the delivery vehicle, your driver replied with a somewhat wry sideways smile, that, and I quote: "You'd be amazed at the horse power contained in that van Sir!"

        A flippant remark which didn't register at the time but, seems somewhat poignant now!

        I took the ingredients including this fine expensive meat joint, into the kitchen where my trustee oven had been eagerly waiting to welcome its new arrival into the warmth of its preheated oasis.

        NB: This I must point out, the oven in question is my replacement oven, finally received after several months of complaints to your electronics department. I refer you to my correspondence of the 5th of June 2011, under the heading of

        "Fan Assisted Tumble Dryer With Grill!"

        Though resolved now, I must add that my poor wife is still on the medication and we never did retrieve her girdle!

        But I digress...back to the point in hand.

        After what seemed like hours and 1 whole packet of plasters later, I finally succeeded in removing the somewhat impossible packaging with the help of a rather rusty Stanley Knife and a few nips of Sherry for my trouble,

        I was about to cover this larger than expected meat joint with my special home made herb infused glaze, which now, in hindsight would have been more suitable if the Olive Oil had been replaced with Linseed Oil!

        I noticed that the joint had a wonderful bronzed coating to it and therefore, I presumed, was ready seasoned and basted. I therefore proceeded to open the oven door, which again I must say is easier to use now that I do not have to wait for the 'drying cycle' to complete before the door unlocks.

        I refer you once again to my previous letters ."Thermostat problem?: White wash comes out Pink in the middle!" And I must point out your comment re, Specsavers was most uncalled for!

        As the joint was somewhat larger and of an odd shape, I had to remove all shelves first and then squeeze the beast in. Which I must add could only be done with the help of my elderly mother.
        Though we succeeded, it was only much later that I realised the reason for her sudden stoop in posture, was not caused by the onset of a mini stroke, but actually due to her plastic hip having actually melted and become bent due to her close proximity to the oven whilst assisting me earlier.

        Anyway, as per the cooking instructions, 2.5hrs passed by somewhat quickly helped in no short way by my consumption of half a bottle of sherry and watching mother walking round in a somewhat constant small circle due to the malfunctioning hip implant.

        At last the bell of the oven heralded the completion of our dinner preparations. I removed he joint from the oven, trembling under the sheer weight of it I nearly collapsed.

        If it was not for my mother passing by, fortunately having moved closer to the kitchen.
        Only after completing 436 mini doughnut turns and removing 4mm of laminate layers from the now worn down wood flooring in the process.
        I was able to rest the oven tray on her back, as her spine now stands at a handy 45 degrees from the horizon.

        This I may add caused her no noticeable pain or suffering due to the loss of feeling caused by her sciatic nerve fusing to her molten hip hours earlier.
        The slight warmth she did feel from the bubbling hot tray actually may have eased the muscle around her lower spine, so every cloud as they say...

        At last with table adorned with all manner of finery including the best china, the Sunday best silver cutlery and striped fabric napkins, we all sat down to eat.

        I must point out that striped napkins would not have been my first choice but was all we had following the damage caused by the new rapid dryer unit we purchased last year.
        I refer you to my previous letter.

        Table Top Dryer Unit: No settings for napkins, will the option for crumpets suffice?

        I must protest at this stage that the use of the phrase 'Short Sighted Baffoon' in your reply was not helpful. and your comment that 'everyone knows' Breville are famous for their Sandwich Toasters was condescending, we are not all experts on the history of manufacturers and their electric goods.

        Not to be sidetracked again....

        Dinner was served, though to say carving was somewhat difficult would be an understatement! I had to resort to using the new Black and Decker Veg Trimmer.
        A very powerful utensil which is a great addition to the kitchen knife draw, that is it would be if it could fit, as being much larger than it looked in your catalogue.
        It has to be stored in the shed! I refer you to a separate letter on this item which will follow in due time.

        I commenced carving, not without incident, I hit a few snags when cutting through what I presumed were bones and assisted by my somewhat blurred vision courtesy of a newly opened bottle of sherry. It resulted in one cracked window and a broken hearing aid, caused by a ricochet hitting mother in the left ear. But I persevered and we managed to plate up and at last tuck into this delightful meal.

        Though be it via somewhat unconventional seating arrangements. Mother sitting on table with her dinner plate on the chair due to the ever changing angle of her curved spine, the wife ate her dinner in the ball pond on the patio due to disorientation caused mainly by increasing her medication as the day wore on.

        What happened next I can only summarise due mainly to my memory becoming a tad foggy which I can only put down to being a mixture of 1.5ltrs of consumed sherry and the inhalation of diesel fumes from the Veg Trimmer!

        Dinner, it may shock you to discover was a disaster! I am complaining to you not as a result of the unsuitable electric items I have purchased from your web site, not because my wife refuses to leave the ball pond and is now consuming thrice the medication she used to.

        Not because my poor mother is now deaf in one ear, has one leg larger than the other and has such a deformed frame that we need 2 nurses and a spirit level to dress her, not because I am now a raging alcoholic with craving for sniffing exhaust pipes, but,

        BUT! Because your labelling on your meat produce if unacceptable, the ingredients stated are not what was contained within!

        When I purchase a 'Saddle of Lamb I do not expect to be roasting the 'Saddle off a Dam'.
        When it states the source is from 'Herds grazed on heather' I do not expect to see 'The words Dobbin emblazoned on leather!'

        When your produce claims to be the high end quality option, I expect this to be like 'Tescos Finest Branded Range' and not as I discovered Fresco's Finest Equine Branded on the Range!!'

        I therefore expect a refund for the food purchased and the cost of a set of dentures for mother, as her original 'own teeth' we last seen flying out the window towards the dogs kennel after she took an almighty bite into the saddle. I fear we will never retrieve these now the dog has took a liking to them.

        I will in fairness give you 5 stars in this review as due to the circumstances above I never actually tasted the correct product so it would be unfair to rate it any lower than one would expect without experiencing the true taste. In hindsight when shopping online in future I may get help with my searching, if only there was a site to help me find what I seek, called nameitfindit.com or the like, but until then I shall continue shopping after a visit to opticians.
        Mr B Squirrel

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        19.02.2012 21:20

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        We usually love the Tesco Finest range but this meal disappoints. I do not expect to find skin and bone in the chicken in a Finest meal and was expecting chicken breast rather than what I suspect to be chicken thighs.It was a weighty package, a good proportion was the rather acidic tomato and olive sauce and of course the waste skin and bone.This product is not worthy of the Finest label.

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        16.11.2009 15:19
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        Finest not only in name...

        Tesco's Finest range is the supermarkets' own premium brand of food that comes in attractive packaging and commands a premium price, although made with the best ingredients available the majority of the range is comparable to lower priced alternatives and for the most part are expensive for what you actually get. I only ever buy the odd one or two products from this range, and my favourite which I believe is worth paying for is their sausages.

        Specifically, the "British Pork & Caramelised Red Onion Sausages "these come packaged in a black carton sealed with cellophane, the cardboard sleeve is simply designed showing pictures of red onions carefully displayed and the "Finest" name is subtly shown. Being part of the finest range you are informed that they are produced using pork from farms that meet all the livestock standards that Tesco require and a 2 sausage serving provides:

        295 kcals
        9g Sugar
        19.7g Fat
        8.1g Saturates
        1.3g Salt

        Ingredients are listed as containing: Pork (74%), Caramelised Onion (15%), Water, White Bread, Sea Salt, Egg, Egg White, White Pepper, Marjoram, Nutmeg, Parsley, Preservative (Sodium Metabisulphite), Emulsifier (Sodium Triphosphate).

        When you take the sausages out of the pack you notice that unlike cheaper varieties these are a pale grey colour and have flecks of red onion and seasoning throughout, although not all that appealing in their uncooked state you are reassured that there appears to be no artificial colours.

        It's after you have cooked them that sets them apart from other sausages, as they start to heat through you can smell the meat and seasoning coming from them, preferring mine to be grilled as a healthier way of cooking them you notice that they don't spit and leak water like other varieties. You are recommended not to prick the skins unlike other sausages and by doing this the flavours really cook well together.

        Tasting them you notice immediately that these are far more "meaty" than other brands, the pork, onion and seasoning combine together to make a mouth watering experience. There are no fatty bits or gristle in the cooked sausage and they really do make a substantial meal in themselves. As they contain 74% pork this is the overwhelming flavour coming through and the onion makes them spicy and gives them a bit of a bite. They truly are delicious and well deserve their "Finest" tag.

        Currently on offer at £2.00 for 6, their normal price is £2.59 and whilst this is a lot more expensive than other brands you really are paying for quality here. I served mine with mashed potato and vegetables and it made for a deliciously tasty meal.

        Highly recommended by me, get them whilst they are on offer and try for yourselves. 5/5 Dooyoo stars from me, I can't find a single fault with them whatsoever.

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          09.08.2009 10:33
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          A fantastic range of food from Tesco Finest.

          Tesco Finest is the 'posh' range of foods available from Tesco, those which surpass in quality that offered by many branded products let alone the standard Tesco range. The majority of products which Tesco produce under their own label are also available in this more expensive silver packaging, although you may see me writing many Value reviews I can often be found browsing the Finest products as in the main they are absolutely delicious - if not overpriced.

          Tesco claim their Finest range has been inspired by restaurant cuisine, a fairly hefty statement for what is in essence a supermarket own brand but you can tell that so much work and research has gone into creating and producing the range and most of the food is very good indeed and manages to be authentic to the recipe it's based on.

          I do enjoy their chilled ready meals which are always a cut above any similar meal I've eaten. Their Beef Lasagne is absolutely wonderful; extremely meaty with a rich and peppery sauce sandwiched between layers of perfectly cooked pasta - it's always hard to remember that I've only really warmed it up in the oven and I'm quite sure you could pass this off as home made! My favourite ever food from the Tesco Finest range is their Thai Fish Cakes which is served with a lovely sweet chilli dip; these delicately battered fish cakes taste so exceptionally fresh and flavoursome that you could almost be eating them freshly made at the seaside!

          Fish is such an awkward food I find. If the sauce you use is too delicate then the fish can taste overpoweringly, well, fishy but a too-heavy accompaniment may completely obliterate the flavour of the fish. However, every single fish and seafood product I've tried from the Finest range has been wonderful and from these particular dishes you can see the expertise in creating the recipe. Their Salmon En Croute is beyond equal within the supermarket ranges, even the M&S version pales into insignificance next to this one from the Finest range. Likewise their Battered Prawns are certainly something I would happily serve up as part of a buffet party meal as the quality and size of them is truly excellent.

          Not only do the Finest range produce the very best ready meals, but you can also buy fantastic meal accompaniments for when you really cannot be bothered peeling carrots and dicing potatoes. It's not often I buy these if I'm honest as the portion sizes are very large and living alone it doesn't tend to work out economically viable, but whenever I have eaten them they have been extremely fresh and very tasty indeed. The only one I can think of off the top of my head is the Red Cabbage and Apple dish which is thickly sliced red cabbage combined with chunks of apple, sultanas and apricots - and the best thing is I can have this unusual, attractive and delicious vegetable dish ready in just five minutes in the microwave!

          My daughter often buys pots of the Finest mashed potato which is also delicious, the potato has been mashed using cream and butter which gives a smooth and very luxuriant mash. It's also seasoned surprisingly well and again can be microwaved without the potato becoming crusty or losing any of it's delicious creamy texture. Unfortunately this product will only serve 1 ½ people so she doesn't buy this as often as she'd like because the cost would soon become a little much considering there are five mash lovers in her house!

          I have eaten from the range of Finest prepared salads and while they're very nice, I do find them very expensive for what they are. Yes, you will get posher lettuce and perhaps something exciting like mozzarella balls but I honestly don't think they are worth the price tag of £2 - £3 for one small salad which probably won't keep your appetite under control for long. The range of fresh vegetables and fruits that come under the Finest umbrella is always fresh and exceedingly tasty, although again the price of these items really puts me off buying them as I find Tesco fresh produce very good anyway even from their standard ranges so it seems pointless for me to spend unnecessarily on the Finest range.

          The Finest pre-packaged cooked meats are fabulous and don't really work out a great deal more expensive than buying from the deli. I particularly like their Wholegrain Mustard Wiltshire Cured Ham which is of excellent quality and has a deliciously tangy mustard to liven up the meaty and very substantial ham. If you're feeling a little more adventurous then I completely recommend the Salami, Bresaola or Chiavennasca - all of which I have served at parties and they have all gone down extremely well.

          The Finest cheese are fantastic too, I don't actually think I've come across one that I don't like (unless, of course, I don't enjoy one of the main ingredients!). My absolute favourite is the Wensleydale with Blueberries and Cranberries which is an absolute delight to eat either alone or as part of a salad; a creamy and crumbly Wensleydale which is turned fruity by the high quality berries mixed in with it. The Finest Goats Cheese is excellent too, although unfortunately not a patch on my favourite goats cheese which I buy from my local farmers market!

          I'm not fond of the Finest range of crisps as they seem to be trying to emulate Kettle with those 'too hard' crisps, the flavours are all good and the price reasonable but I just don't really enjoy the texture of the crisps. This is purely a personal matter though and the crisps are of the high quality expected from the Finest range. You can also buy sweets, chocolate and biscuits branded as Finest, and I must say I love most of them. The chocolate is of very high quality and wonderfully flavoured, you'll never find a dry biscuit in a Finest product and the sweets concentrate more on flavouring than how much sugar they can pack into them.

          There are numerous other items encompassed by the Finest range; yogurts, desserts, frozen foods, alcoholic drinks and even toiletries. I have never really come across a product that has been no good, although obviously there are occasions when I shall buy something from the range only to discover that I don't like it overall - which is something that can happen even when buying the poshest food in the land!

          Of course, quality foods such as this will have a price tag to match and I don't think there are many with the means to shop exclusively from the Finest range. To give you an idea of prices their chilled ready meals cost anywhere between £3.50 and £5, a packet of biscuits will be around £1.69 and pre-packaged cooked meats can cost from £1.99 to around the £3 mark. As you can see, a large jump in price from the standard Tesco range but honestly the quality of the food is above and beyond what you would expect from any supermarket range so I urge you to try something from the Finest brand soon!

          Go on, treat yourself!

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            25.05.2009 15:18
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            Great for meats and the odd other food product - but lasagnes etc are much of a much.

            Tesco's "finest" range is a range of luxury foods sold under the Tesco brand. Tesco has three different tiers of products - value (the cheapest), just plain "Tesco" (mid-range) and Finest, which is high end products or food made from the best ingredients.

            Tesco Finest foods tend to be pretty expensive, if you are buying an Italian ready meal such as Spaghetti Carbonara, you can expect to pay around £3.50 - £4 which is a lot for a small portion. I have actually tried the Tesco Finest Carbonara and it's lovely but I could make my own for a lot less money, especially if I was cooking for a few people.

            The packaging of Tesco Finest foods is black and white and silver and usually has some nice images of the product on the front. It looks quite luxurious and you can tell just from looking at it that it is a high end product. They tend to display a lot of the Finest range together in the fridge section and they sell all sorts of different ready meals - Italian, British, Oriental, Indian.

            Taste wise, I think that the Finest range is a bit hit and miss. I don't mean that it sometimes tastes bad, I just find that it sometimes isn't noticeably better than the non-finest range. This is particularly true of the lasagne they do, and some of the jars of sauces for pasta and chicken. Some things do taste a lot better, their Finest bread for example is lovely and fluffy whereas their normal range bread tends to be quite thin and not so fluffy. I think you really have to try a few different items from this range to tell which are significantly better (and worth the extra cash), and which ones you can't notice much difference in.

            I don't usually buy Finest products because my budget doesn't allow for it but there is one area where I splash out and that is meat. I find that the quality of meat in the Finest range is far superior to others. It is most noticeable in chicken which seems to have so much more flavour, and also their sausages have no gristle in them at all (I HATE gristle). I definitely subscribe to the whole "buy less meat but buy better quality meat" idea as I think it makes a big difference. I would recommend people try Finest meats and taste the difference between that and normal or value meat.

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            22.09.2008 23:57
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            Tesco's finest sausages taste super, smashing, great.

            Tesco's is one of Britains best supermarkets and as they like to claim "every little helps" they have introduced among their own brand of products their "finest range". The packaging in general is more appealing, sophisticated and eye catching and the product itself on the whole, a lot better than their normal offering. Of course you pay a premium for this and the product itself then comes into competition with other well known brands. You then have to weigh up if what Tesco's is offering can compete with such brands and even better offer something which tastes superior. Well, I think they have cracked it when it comes to their finest sausages.

            They claim on the packaging to be traditionally made and the ingredients support this some what. Each pack contains six sausages and can be found housed in the fresh meat section. The pork supplied for these sausages is 100% British sourced and the pack carries the British standard flag on the front of the packet and also the British Pork assured food standards label. The sausages themselves are 85% pork, rusk, white bread, egg, egg white, sea salt, white pepper, nutmeg and preservative.

            They are nice and chunky sausages appearance wise and as you can see from the ingredients have a good percentage of pork. Whilst cooking the smell is minimal as opposed to other cheaper branded sausages where the smell can be extremely over powering and make your eyes water. Whilst I was pregnant (some years ago) I found I could not stomach the smell of oil/fat cooking, unfortunately for me this is still the case! So no more fried eggs etc. These sausages not only have very little odour whilst cooking but also a lot less fat content which is evident whilst cooking. The taste is quite supreme and are most definately the nicest sausages I have ever tasted! They do take a little longer to cook as well which is down to the higher pork content but if you want something to taste as it should then you can not go wrong with these Tesco's finest sausages. They are meaty and very tasty without being chewy and greasy.

            The sausages come in a black tray with a clear cellaphane wrap and black/grey two tone sleeve. There is a picture on the sleeve which shows the sausages (uncooked) being held by a butcher(well he is wearing an apron) in some grease proof paper. As they are fresh they have a short shelf life, so it is just as well that they are able to be frozen, but must be used within a month from the purchase date. On the reverse of the sleeve are the nutritional values, 360Kcal per two sausages (grilled). There is also the best cooking methods, shallow fry, oven cook or grill. Tesco's suggest that grilling is the best method here. I have only grilled and oven cooked these sausages and found both ways they cooked superbly. Tesco's also suggest that they take about 16-17 minutes to cook however, we found that this was slightly on the optimistic side of things and that they took more like 25 minutes to cook.

            These sausages are not suitable to cook from frozen and must be thoroughly defrosted first. They are also not suitable to cook in a microwave.

            Price wise, they are quite abit more expensive than other sausages as I have said before but, well worth it even if you only try them once. £2.59 Per pack of six 454g.

            I have absolutely no reservations in reccommending these sausages to everyone, they are simply the best.

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              08.07.2008 21:34
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              I won't be wasting my money again

              Tesco's is a very well known brand who have been around for many years, it was established in 1913 and has since them become immensely popular. There are now several Tesco's stores in each town.

              One of the newest Tesco's brands is Tesco's Finest, These items cost about £2 more than the normal Tesco equivalent, apparently this is because they have been recommended by top chefs and they have been made with the best possible ingredients. I personally think that they just wanted to get a bit more money out of people who want the best. I personally can rarely afford to buy from this range but there are some people who are lucky enough to be able to every day and it seems that Tesco are trying to make money from these people for products that are of the same of less quality than the average Tesco product.

              I've tried quite a few Tesco Finest products now, I've bought a few when I could afford them and have eaten quite a lot at friends houses. However I have been really disappointed by them. They're meant to taste so much better than normal Tesco products but in my opinion they often taste worse. I've found a lot of Tesco Value products that taste a lot better than their Finest range counter parts which just goes to show you that fancy labels and titles don't necessarily mean that the products are any better.

              I've bought a packet of Finest cakes before only to find that they were completely stale and Finest Chicken Ready Meal but found it to be totally tasteless.

              I did buy a very nice packet of Coconut Ice which was delicious and well worth the £1.79 for just 6 pieces, but this is the only thing I've liked from them.

              I've given up on the Finest range now and will stick to their normal range and the Value one which I find to be of very high quality. It might just be me who finds them to be poor quality, maybe I have bad luck and therefore pick all the bad products but I don't think I'll be buying them again.

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                not recommended for human consumption

                6 months ago, while staying at a friend's house I was offered a hamburger . When I enquired where they were from I was surprised to find out they were Tesco's brand. Advertised as Aberdeen, containing 2 burgers per pack at £1.85 this seemed like reasonable value. I continually purchased them for a while cooking them grilled, fried and barbecued.

                However in the last couple of months of purchasing these from 3 different Tesco's chains the taste seems to have changed.
                While from the packaging, everything seems to be the same, the actual burger no longer tastes the same. Rather than having that nice chewy taste to it, recently Tesco's finest burgers taste like tired worn out old rubber lacking any taste.

                Tesco's burgers are often sold out so they must be popular. This new taste could partly be due to the Christmas holiday season when supermarkets have a tendency to flog stale food to the public. Another possibility is that maybe they switched meat supplier or altered the process in some way in order cut costs.
                Overall these burgers used to taste good especially when I first tried them 6 months ago. However based on my experience of eating them recently I do not recommend these for human consumption. If you eat Tesco's finest burgers please let me know what you think of the taste.

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                  9.8 / 10 for quality and taste

                  Tesco Finest Swiss Black Cherry Yogurt.
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                  About the Product.
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                  Tesco PLC first introduced there finest range of products to 120 stores nation wide in February 1999. These were promoted on the basis that the products were made from on the finest of ingredients and only of the finest quality, making them that little bit extra special to other normal and better know brands. The product I am reviewing is the Tesco Finest Swiss Black Cherry Yogurt, but the Finest Yogurt range also comes in Hazelnut, Champagne Rhubarb, Scottish Raspberry, Strawberry and Cream, Wild Blueberry, Swiss Black Cherry and Devonshire Fudge Varieties.

                  What You Get.
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                  Tesco Finest Range Yogurts retail at 51p for a 150g pot and come in seven varieties listed above. The finest yogurts are suitable for vegetarians and have an extremely generous portion of thick and creamy yogurt with pieces of fruit, nut or fudge in them depending on the variety you purchase.


                  The packing.
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                  Each 150g portion of yogurt comes in an oval shaped cardboard pot, which has a thin coating of plastic attached to it on the inside for extra durability, freshness and to make the container waterproof. The pots are usually mostly black with a silver effect ring around the top part of the side of the pot, which clearly shows you the name, and flavour of the yogurt. There is also a picture of the content of the yogurt, e.g. Black Cherries or fruit pieces or pieces of fudge depending on the variety. The nutritional information of each pot is clearly labelled on both the front and the back of the yogurt. Also on the back of the pot is allergy advice, added ingredients, additional information as well as the weight and the barcode. The yogurt is the sealed with a plastic white lid, which also clearly gives product information and best before dates.


                  Taste, Smell and Appearance. (Swiss Black Cherry)
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                  On opening the pot I was greeted by a lovely deep plum coloured yogurt with a few large looking pieces of fruit clearly visible. I stirred the yogurt first as I always do and found it to be extremely thick in texture as well, there also appeared to be plenty more fruit throughout the product. THere was a deliciously fruity yogurt aroma coming from the yogurt pot, which made it even more appealing. Then for the taste, and oh what a beautiful taste. Thick and creamy to taste as well as looks and a very clear and distinctive taste of Black Cherries with a piece of fruit for every mouthful in my opinions. The fruit taste was not at all overpowering and still allowed you the delicate taste of the fresh yogurt. I did not in any way find this product either to sweet or to sharp to taste.


                  My Opinion.
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                  I love these yogurts and regularly buy them, as they have such a delicious taste to them and are indeed of the highest quality in my opinion. There are always generous chunks of fruit, nut or fudge in the pots and I can rectify that for all varieties as I have tried them all. I will say that if you are not a huge lover of nuts then stay well away from the hazelnut variety and the strawberry and cream one did come across to me as more cream than strawberries but they are still of excellent quality. When you compare them in price to other yogurts, they are a little more expensive but that in my opinion is truly compensated for by the quality of the product you are getting. I must say that I no longer seem to enjoy the standard yogurts now since eating these as I find them very mean, bland and watery in comparison. On saying all this, I am very happy to highly recommend this product.

                  Ingredients.
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                  Black Cherry 20%
                  Sugar
                  Channel Island Whipping Cream 6%
                  Whipping Cream 6%
                  Modified Maize Starch
                  Concentrated Lemon Juice.
                  Natural Flavouring
                  Elderberry Concentrate.


                  Nutritional Info. (Per Pot).
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                  Energy 800KJ / 195klcal
                  Protein 3.9g
                  Carbohydrates 20.4g
                  Of which Sugars 18.6g
                  Fat 10.4g
                  Of which Saturates 6.5g
                  Mono-saturates 2.9g
                  Polyunsaturates 0.5g
                  Fibre 1.7g
                  Salt 0.2g
                  Of which Sodium 0.1g

                  Summary.
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                  Not the healthiest of products but definitely 9.8/10 for quality, price, packing and taste. (See my opinion above)

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                    05.02.2006 15:55
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                    It's lovely milk for a treat but it's a shame it's not actually from the Channel Islands.

                    My Experience of Tesco’s Finest Channel Island Milk.

                    I bought this because I am trying to find a milk that I like that doesn’t come from cows that are held in milking pens for cheap supermarket supply.

                    This is from Tesco’s Finest range and can be found near the organic milk section which is normally next to the normal range of milks.

                    It comes in a clear plastic bottle with a gold top which is sealed by one of those Snap and peel thingies that run round the rim of the cap.

                    On the bottle it is described as Rich and creamy Channel Island Milk from Jersey and Guernsey cows. A delicious golden coloured milk perfect with fruit mueslis, smoothies and café lattes. Yum Yum what a glorious description you can see why I bought it. I was drawn in by the thought of a lovely muesli breakfast with a long café lattes with the morning newspaper, my mind was wondering and I could just imagine myself sitting in the sun at an outside café. So when I noticed people were starting to stare at me holding a bottle of milk with a silly smile on my face gazing at the ceiling I thought I better just put it in my basket and moo-ve away from the milk aisle.

                    I left so quickly I didn’t even know how much it cost till I got home and looked at the receipt. It cost 91p for the litre, not that bad really if it is as good as it looks.

                    On examining the bottle I read some pretty obvious stuff like “Pasteurised whole channel Island milk” I suppose they would have to state if it was half milk and half something else. (Incidentally did you know that Louis Pasteur a French Chemist was the man who discovered pasteurisation, hence it being named after him? Pasteurisation is the partial sterilisation of liquids, not just milk, but especially beer, wine and milk to destroy the nasty organisms lurking within. Milk is pasteurised by heating to about 145 degrees F for half an hour then quickly cooled to under 50 degrees F. The milk is then kept at this temperature. This process however doesn’t kill the lactic acid and acid bacteria which are the goodies in milk.) Okay history lesson over back to the Channel Island Milk.

                    The bottle itself is recyclable a very good point in my book, it states quite clearly that this milk is British Farm Standard, high in calcium and of course you to keep it refrigerated otherwise of course the cooling process of pasteurisation is reversed all the nasty bacteria grow back and the milk goes sour. Oh so I better hurry up and get this bottle back in the fridge.

                    As well as all the above there is a nutrition table which I will put at the bottom of the review for those of you who would like to know the fat content, which is quite scary so I’ll leave that till last, no point putting you off till I tell you what it tastes like.

                    Finally on the matter of the writing on the bottle is an allergy advice warning note which states very clearly – wait for it – Contains Milk! And then tells you it is suitable for vegetarians.



                    The colour is a nice light creamy colour with a slight yellow tinge, it looks quite thick, I was slightly put off by the colour being so used to the pristine clean looking bright white milk that I normally buy, but I take the top off and smell it nonetheless; It has a cold clean smell and doesn’t smell much different to the green topped semi-skimmed that we normally get although there was the slightest whiff of cream or was I imagining it, I’m not quite sure, I think I was smelling too hard.

                    The taste is good, it doesn’t taste as thick as it looks and the description on the bottle led me to believe it was going to feel like drinking a very creamy rich milk when in actual fact it doesn’t taste much different from normal full fat milk. I expected it to taste much creamier in my mouth than it did and the viscosity was again not any different to the normal milk range. I did experience a rich creamy aftertaste, this was actually a little too much of an aftertaste for me personally but the tang was not unpleasant.

                    I then gave this product the ultimate test as far as I am concerned – in my coffee; I made a cup of instant granulated Nescafe in my espresso cup as I normally would in the afternoon, therefore knowing my taste-buds would be able observe even the slightest variation in flavour.

                    Well the outcome is that I couldn’t discern any significant difference between that cup of coffee and the one I had had before I went shopping, however what I did notice was that my coffee had the same creamy aftertaste as drinking the milk on its own.

                    In summary I would buy this milk for our daughter to drink as she’s young and needs all the fat and nutrients that she can get, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to drink it or make myself coffee with it.

                    In addition I could find no information on the bottle that would lead me to believe this milk came from free-range proper “field” cows. The information stated is that this milk is produced in the U.K for Tesco Stores. I had conjured up this image of Jersey and Guernsey cows roaming in meadows filled with buttercups and daisies.

                    Here is the dreaded Nutrition chart as promised earlier.

                    Nutrition.
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                    A 200ml (7fl oz) 100ml
                    Typical serving (3 ½ fl oz)
                    Composition provides provide

                    Energy 670J 335kJ
                    16okcal 80cal
                    Protein 7.4g 3.7g
                    Carbohydrate 9.4g 4.7g
                    Of which sugars 9.4g 4.7g
                    Fat 10.4g 5.2g
                    Of which saturates 6.8g 3.4g
                    Mono-unsaturates 2.6g 1.3g
                    Polyunsaturates 0.2g 0g
                    Fibre 0g 0g
                    Sodium 0.1g 0.1g
                    Vitamins/minerals 268Omg (35%RDA) 134.Omg (17%RDA)

                    This pack contains 5 servings.

                    Excuse the wibbly wobbliness of the nutrition table. It's just the way it went when posting the review.

                    Quite honestly if you are on any kind of diet I don’t think you’ll be drinking this because although it’s good stuff the Nutrition list looks to me like it’s just packed with fat and sugars.

                    Thank you reading.



                    Sheena 2005

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                      02.02.2006 03:47
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                      Tesco sells innards or offals as its finest lamb

                      I brought today in my local shop in Atherton, Greater Manchester, one pack of Tesco's Finest Redcurrant Lamb with Maple roasted vegetables and must say that I was most appalled when I discovered that the meat in question consisted in several cuts of the same Lamb liver. This is usually referred to as innards or offals and by no streched of the imagination can this be expected to be the finest in lamb meat. I am so appalled that I now think of allerting trading standards. If this is Tesco's finest, the question clearly neet to be asked, what is Tesco's regular: Meat scraps perhaps? Thinking of it, how much do I spend/used to spend in this local Tesco shop ? Well in excess of 20,000 pounds and this is how I am being treated! :-( How shocking!

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                        22.09.2005 23:16
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                        Tasty, indulgent, decadent and just downright delicious.

                        I’ve just finished eating a very lazy, but very delicious Sunday dinner. Lazy because – shock horror, it consisted mainly of chilled meals – and delicious because it came from the Tesco Finest range. The meal consisted of stuffed mushroom and lamb shanks (both Tesco Finest) and creamy mashed potatoes (all my own work!). The product I’m reviewing here is the stuffed mushroom.

                        Packaged in the traditionally classic looking Tesco Finest boxes of black and silver, the packaging itself suggests quality. Why I’m not sure, but it does look classy! There is a mouth watering picture of the product itself on the left side of the box and it is very authentic to what you find when you open the box.

                        These are described as

                        “2 Large Portobello mushrooms stuffed with creamy spinach, celery, chopped mushrooms and cheese and topped with a golden crispy crumb.”

                        On opening the box you find two large stuffed mushrooms nestling in a plastic tray. My only criticism of this product is that generally you get two of considerably different sizes. Today for example one was fairly flat but measured about 4 inches in diameter whilst the other was slightly deeper but only about 3 inches in diameter. If you’re going to eat both yourself then that might be OK, but if you’re both lovers of this product, you could be fighting over who’s going to get the lion’s share. Of course, I give the bigger one to hubby to ease my own conscience at the calorific content!

                        Now presumably you wouldn’t be tempted to buy these if you weren’t a lover of mushrooms, but a lover of mushrooms is what you have to be as these are incredibly strong tasting. Cooking at Gas Mark 5 is recommended; maybe slightly less if you have a fan assisted oven. However, I always cook them for about 25 minutes because I do like the crispy crumb on the top of the mushrooms to be crispy. I find that the crispy crumb complements the slight sliminess of the mushroom and cheese filling that combines together well to produce a divine double taste and texture sensation on the taste buds.

                        The mushroom taste is strong and earthy as one might expect and the cheese and spinach content lend a bitter edge to the overall taste. That might not sound too inviting but I guess it depends on personal taste. We combined it with lamb shanks in a rosemary and garlic sauce with parsnip and carrot and found that the sweetness of the rosemary and parsnip created the perfect balance. Add to that the fact that these are very filling and could probably stand alone as a meal in their own right should you be so inclined.

                        The box contains 260g of product and the calorific content of 100g is 172kcal. By my rough arithmetic that means that your average mushroom contains a whopping 240-250 kcals. If eating this as a meal alone that’s probably not too bad but if you’re adding it to something else then it starts to have significant impact!

                        The ingredients contain mushroom, spinach, double cream, onion, butter, celery (! I hate celery!), cheese and breadcrumbs. The product does contain a warming that it may contain traces of sesame seeds and nuts, as it has been made in a factory that uses such products, so avoid if you have a nut allergy.

                        In conclusion, my overall opinion is that these stuffed mushrooms are delicious. I don’t buy ready meals that frequently, but this will definitely stay a firm favourite of mine. At £3.11 for two of the little beggars, the price is quite steep, but I am convinced that it is value for money based on how long it would take me to create such a culinary delight! To mushroom lovers out there, I’d say give them a try, you won’t be disappointed.

                        And I’m not going to feel guilty about sitting here feeling like a stuffed pig since a single piece of chocolate hasn’t passed my lips … this was originally written in Easter this year, so I was very proud of that fact!

                        © Christina ;-) x

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                          Tesco *finest is marketed as their premium range, and includes a number of products including biscuits, sandwichs and meats among others. In this review I will be focusing on the ground coffees included in the range, and more specifically Tesco *Finest Columbian Supremo.

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                          Pre-amble
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                          As a child one of the family treats was to go into a speciality coffee shop after we had finished shopping in the town. This shop sold a variety of expensive and unusual coffees and we tried a new one each time. I guess this is where my love of “real” coffee came from, and I find instant coffee a poor alternative.

                          Now my favourite coffee is Jamaican Blue Mountain, however at the £15 for a 250g packet, I don't think I'm going to be using that as my regular drink. However, while I was in Tescos the other day I noticed they had a BOGOF (Buy One Get One Free) on their range of premium ground coffees.

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                          The Range
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                          There are five different blends in this range all made from 100% Arabica beans that are sourced from mountain plantations and hand picked and graded to ensure excellent quality (or so the side of the packaging tells me).

                          The five blends in order of strength are :

                          Kenya AA – Mild/medium
                          Mocha Sidamo – mild/medium
                          Colombian Supremo – medium
                          Costa Rica Tarrazu – Medium
                          Java Sumatra – Strong

                          As I was only trying this for the first time I picked a medium blend and went for the very impressively named Colombian Supremo.

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                          The Packaging
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                          The coffee come in a silver foil pouch that definitely stood out from the rest of the coffees on display. Each of the range also features a different picture, the one on this pack looks like a statue off Easter Island?? in brown. It is loosely packed, so not like some of the solid blocks you can buy. The package contains all the information you could wish to know about the coffee, even a map showing the area the beans were grown, as well as directions for use and storage. It even has a handy sticky tab so that you can re-seal the packet after use.

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                          The Smell
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                          There's nothing like the smell of freshly roast coffee, but this comes close. On opening the packet waves of lovely rich coffee aroma hit my nose. There was perhaps a slight acidic undertone, but this is what I expect in ground coffee, and it was only an undertone unlike some other cheap brands which are far more bitter and acidic.

                          Now all this writing about and smelling the coffee has made me want some right now, so you can share the experience with me.


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                          Making the Coffee
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                          The packaging tells me that this coffee is suitable for all types of coffee maker and that the recommended amount to use is one rounded dessert spoon for each cup of coffee.

                          However, I'm using an eight cup cafetiere, and I actually find that four desert spoons gives me perfect strength.

                          So I've put my coffee in the cafetiere and added hot water (never add boiling water to coffee, you'll ruin it) and now the smell of coffee is drifting nicely round the kitchen making my mouth water.

                          Four minutes later and I've poured my coffee into a mug and added my milk and sugar. I have a sweet tooth and so add sugar to all my hot beverages, and unfortunately I don't have any cream so I can't make myself a floater (which is the best way to drink coffee).

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                          The Taste
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                          The coffee has a lovely rich flavour, with just the right amount of bitterness. So I'm not scrunching my face up like I was sucking a lemon, but can still feel it on the roof of my mouth. It certainly makes me want to take another mouthful and another.

                          I'm not one of these people that has to have coffee in the morning to wake up, but this is quite stimulating, and very yummy.

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                          The company
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                          This is Tesco's premium brand otherwise known as *finest, as with their other products they offer a refund or replace guarantee if you are not completely satisfied, but I can't actually see you needing to do this.

                          Customer Service freephone : 0800 505555

                          Website : www.tesco.co.uk

                          Physical address:

                          Tesco Stores Ltd
                          Cheshunt
                          EN8 GSL
                          UK

                          Tesco Ireland Ltd
                          Gresham House
                          Marine Road
                          Dun Laoghaire
                          Co. Dublin

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                          Further Info
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                          Price : £2.79 for 227g

                          This coffee is roasted and packed in Ireland for Tesco.

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                          Final Words
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                          This is an extremely impressive coffee for the price, easily rivalling the more expensive brands, and definitely winning hands down when compared with the cheaper brands. In fact I liked it so much I went back to Tescos and bought the others in the range to try.

                          If like me you love your coffee, but refuse to pay over the odds then give this a try, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.


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                          Tesco Finest products are inspired by the best restaurant cuisine, using the finest ingredients and the best methods of preparation.